Exhibition of 18 chemo day drawings

5 Nov 2020

I am currently exhibiting 18 of over 50 drawings – a number that is growing all the while – in the new Seven Hills Gallery at Sheffield Northern General Hospital, a gallery funded by Sheffield Hospitals Charity.

Clare Smith was chosen as the first exhibiting artist in the new gallery space as the selection panel found her work to be beautiful, inspirational, moving and fully encompassing the gallery’s aims. The connection of the work to Clare’s own healthcare journey was a key factor, especially as Clare spoke of the therapeutic effect of drawing and being creative despite what life throws at us, which chimes with our ethos here at Arts in Health.” (Emma Scott, Voluntary Services Manager, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals)

One of my chemo day drawings (not in the exhibition) was recently featured in the London Evening Standard’s ES Magazine (2 October edition). https://esmag.co.uk/stories/this-weeks-top-5-2-october/

Clare always brings her drawing essentials to the unit with her, sets herself up before we connect her. Her drawings are beautiful and we all enjoy watching her create such wonderful pictures. (Celia Blakey nurses)

There are so many people to thank: everyone who has made my journey to this major show possible, my husband, my parents, my sister, friends and colleagues, curators, buyers and sponsors, all those who have believed in me over the years. Special thanks go to the team at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, and also to the nurses and HCAs at the Celia Blakey Day Unit.” (Clare Smith)